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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from sideling 'sideways' (14-19 centuries)

sidle

verb
     
si‧dle [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to walk towards something or someone slowly and quietly, as if you do not want to be noticed
sidle up/towards/along
A woman sidled up to us and asked if we wanted to buy a watch.

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